Georgetown Law offers an unparalleled experiential education program with over 2,500 seats in clinics, externships, practicum and simulation courses (click here for a side-by-side comparison of our course types). See how our students navigated this rich curriculum and how it affected their academic goals and emerging professional identities.
"The Advanced Environmental Law - Climate Change project-based practicum was the most relevant experience I could have had for my work today at the Environmental Defense Fund. We worked with real nonprofit clients and stakeholders. We had to adjust our project parameters as the regulations we were working with went from proposed to final rule. We balanced our own project hours with other responsibilities. We were counted on as independent members of a legal team with separate and shared responsibilities. We were real (almost) lawyers."
"I feel much better prepared to be a practicing lawyer after my externship at the Department of the Interior. I learned to apply the principles I'd learned in class, and also had a chance to interact with and learn from the attorneys in the field I hope to join after graduation. I think it can be too easy to lose yourself in the academic nature of coursework, and I'm really glad I got the chance to learn to apply what I'd covered in class before graduation."
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"I came to law school to gain the legal skills that would enable me to contribute to poor and working people's efforts to build power in their communities. Through my experiential education courses, I realized that I was less issue focused than outcome focused. I have found that experiential learning has not only prepared me for the work experiences I had during my law school summers, but also allowed me to regularly rethink why I came to law school, what difference I want to make in the world, and what skills and experiences would make that more possible."
"The Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Clinic allowed me to take ownership of my work product and be the direct representative for our clients. It taught me how to interact efficiently and productively with clients. We made various presentations to our clients, which helped them make important decisions affecting their businesses. In addition, it helped me understand how business and legal decisions affect one another."
"The Negotiations, Mediation, and Presentation Skills for Lawyers seminars and my Writing for Practice: Corporations course were extremely helpful in giving me an overview of and hands-on experience with the day-to-day skill set of a lawyer. Once I took my first experiential course, I began taking more skills-based courses intentionally, and I gained confidence going into my associateship this summer thanks to the practice and exposure I had through these courses."